Australia is famous for its outback landscapes and its road trips between iconic landmarks, many established in pioneering days by explorers, pioneers, miners, convicts and farmers seeking to establish a life in a sometimes harsh environment.
In amongst early landmarks is breathtaking beauty, and it’s for this reason that international travellers and Australians alike seek to conquer the outback and discover its unique history.
In August 2019, we’re travelling on the Birdsville to Alice Adventure. Here’s a small snapshot of what you’ll discover on this tour.
Travellers from Queensland will fly into Newcastle, where they will join Sydney and Hunter passengers for lunch before embarking on this 9 day journey. The first overnight stop is in Gunnedah, the beautiful agricultural town that inspired the poetry of Dorothea MacKellar, author of ‘My Country’.
On the way to Roma
Today you can stand in two states at once, in Mungindi, on the border of New South Wales and Queensland. After lunch along the river in St George, we continue on to Roma, lined with Bottle trees along the streets. You’ll enjoy a town tour of Roma tomorrow.
After travelling through Mitchell and boulder opal country, Quilpie, you’ll arrive in Birdsville, on the banks of the Diamantina River. We have two nights in Birdsville to experience this outback icon and all it has to offer. The famous pub was built in 1884 and has weathered storms, floods, fires and cyclones, being upgraded along the way. We’ll of course have time to enjoy a drink and chat to the locals.
You’ll have time to view and climb Nappamerri, or ‘Big Red’, Australia’s highest sand dune which rises up to 35 metres above the surrounding plains. Maybe try a camel pie at the Birdsville Bakery and visit the Birdsville Race Track, home of the Birdsville Races. This small town offers plenty of character.
The Birdsville Track
From Birdsville, we travel the remote outback along the Birdsville Track, an iconic road journey between Birdsville and Maree in South Australia, covering about 517km. Rest assured, it is more than just a track these days, now a well travelled dirt road.
Tom Kruse (the mailman, not the actor) was made famous in this part of the country by the documentary ‘The Back of Beyond’, documenting his 2 week mail route between Birdsville and Maree, which he worked from 1936 to 1957. You’ll have the chance to have your photo taken in one of his original mail trucks.
Another of Australia’s famous outback road trips, we join the Oodnadatta Track to the Southern tip of Lake Eyre, stopping near the water’s edge for a picnic. Lunch will be at another famous outback pub, the William Creek Hotel. The town has a population of 10, but is bolstered by tourists and visitors to see Australia’s famous lake.
We cut across the channel country to Coober Pedy, famous for its underground buildings. It’s cooler to live and stay underground, and you’ll stay overnight in one of the dug out buildings, the Desert Cave Hotel. Tour this interesting town and you’ll have the opportunity to see and perhaps purchase some beautiful Coober Pedy opals.
Camels – the ultimate desert transport
At the foot of the James Ranges at Stuart’s Well, you’ll have the opportunity to take a short camel ride, often called the ‘ships of the desert’. This is one of the fun highlights of our tour.
End in the middle, in Alice Springs
The heart of Australia is where our tour finishes, but there is plenty to see in this Northern Territory town. Take a look at the Old Telegraph Station, see how education is different at the School of the Air and take in the view of Alice Springs from the Anzac Hill Lookout.
In this outback tour we cover the remote and incredible landscapes of four states. This is a tour like no other. Relax on board your flight home, with unique memories of a unique country.